I want to thank Alan Blinder for making my day with his humorous article “The Carbon Tax Miracle Cure” (Monday, January 31, 2011). It is not often that you see such Swiftian use of irony and satire in a policy discussion. He gets the jokes rolling with the assertion that a government imposed $200 per ton tax on carbon would ‘leave decisions in private hands’ and that this $200 billion tax “would not cost taxpayers a dime”. Funny stuff.
Next he claims that the spectre of massive tax increases will inspire the instant creation of new jobs, but that these same taxes won't affect current jobs until....later!
He then closes with “everyone also knows that” global warming is real and a clear and present danger and this tax will make a world of difference. Hilarious!
Alan, keep up the good work.
Wait. You were kidding, right?